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This topic covers OSHA’s walking-working surfaces and housekeeping rules.

According to 29 CFR 1910.22, “all workplaces, passageways, storerooms, service rooms, and walking-working surfaces are kept in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition.” The regulation also makes specific mention of keeping floors clean and dry: “Workroom floors are maintained in a clean and, where practicable, dry condition. When wet presses are used, drainage must be maintained and dry standing places, such as false floors, platforms, and mats must be provided. ” The regulation also requires that “Walking-working surfaces must be kept free of hazards such as sharp or protruding objects, loose boards, corrosion, leaks, spills, snow, and ice.”

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Handouts Good Housekeeping & General Maintenance Practices (PDF)  National
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Meetings Good Housekeeping (Word)  National
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Training Exercises Good Housekeeping Exercise 1 (PDF)  National
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Quizzes Good Housekeeping Practices (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Good Housekeeping Practices [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Quizzes Good Housekeeping Quiz (Word)  National
Quizzes Good Housekeeping Quiz (Word)  National
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